Manipur Government to consult stakeholders over UNC’s demand by mid-Feb next year

The Manipur government on Friday agreed to initiate consultation with stakeholders and prepare a concrete proposal on the demand of United Naga Council (UNC) by second week of February next year, The Assam Tribune reported.

The agreement was reached at the latest round of the tripartite talks between the UNC, Centre and Manipur Governments held at Senapati on the issue of creation of new districts.

The State Government has also agreed to issue an advisory to concerned authorities to ease out problems faced by general public subsequent to the creation of new districts.

UNC has been protesting against the creation of seven new districts in the State by the previous Congress government. However, they withdrew the agitation following an understanding with the new BJP-led coalition government.

In the 12 August tripartite talks, all the parties agreed to mutually respect the agreements signed in the previous talks and to avoid any provocation till the talks are taken to its logical conclusion.

Earlier in June, the UNC leaders had made it clear that they are ready to resort to strong forms of agitation if the district creation issue is not addressed by the state government.

The next round of talks will be held on 23 February next year.

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